Ensembl Browser workshop, University of the Basque Country, 2nd-5th October 2017


 Monday 2 Thursday 5 October 2017


University of the Basque Country - Barrio Sarriena, 48940 Lejona,  Bilbao,  Vizcaya, Spain


By invitation


Benjamin Moore

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This is a closed course for students of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).

Course Overview

The Ensembl project at www.ensembl.org provides a comprehensive and integrated source of annotation of mainly vertebrate genome sequences. This 4 x 1/2 day workshop offers participants the possibility of gaining hands-on experience in the use of the Ensembl genome browser but also provides them with the necessary background information. Our sister project at www.ensemblgenomes.org can also be covered if participants are working with bacteria, plants, fungi, protists or (invertebrate) metazoa.

The workshop is primarily targeted at wetlab researchers, and we customise the course for species of interest and to include total beginners to our browser up through frequent users. 

Feedback from previous courses: "There are probably quite few people out there who all assume that Ensembl today is the same as it was years ago. It is not. With many new features and datasets incorporated/interlinked, it offers data exploration like never before. This course was a very useful update on what Ensembl has become" Browser workshop, CRUK, April 2016

"Very useful workshop, certainly one of the most informative and useful I have attended. Delivered by someone who was extremely familiar with the website and its capabilities, not someone who had used it a couple of times and proclaimed themselves to be an expert." Browser workshop, Cardiff, March 2014

If you think you'd like to host a similar course at your institute, you can find out more on the Ensembl workshops page.


wet-lab researchers and bioinformaticians

Learning outcomes

  • Learn about the data types in Ensembl
  • Learn how to view data in the Ensembl browser
  • Learn how to mine Ensembl data using BioMart


Day 1: 

Introduction to the Ensembl and Ensembl Genomes projects

Exploring genomic regions 

Exploring Genes and Transcripts


Day 2:

Exploring variation data, including data from the 1000 Genomes project

The Variant Effect Predictor


Day 3:

Comparative Genomics

Regulatory build


Day 4: 

Uploading Custom Data 


Advanced access (Perl API and REST API)